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Scene opens with a shot of the star filled evening sky. The camera pans down to Prince Zuko's ship gliding through the ocean. Scene cuts to a slow pan of his quarters aboard the ship. Zuko is seen sitting in the lotus position in front of an altar. Four white candles are burning in front of him. The camera continues to pan as the light from the candles increases and decreases with Zuko's rhythmic breathing. Cut to a frontal shot of Zuko with eyes closed in meditation. His face is calm and concentrated. The camera cuts to a side view of Zuko's head on the left half of the screen with the door to his quarters on the right side. The door opens and General Iroh enters the room.
- Zuko: (in a dangerously silky voice) The only reason you should be interrupting me is if you have news about the Avatar.
- Iroh: (enters cautiously carrying a map) Well, there is news, Prince Zuko, but you might not like it. Don't get too upset.
- Zuko: (calmly) Uncle, you taught me that keeping a level head is a sign of a great leader. Now whatever you have to say, I'm sure that I can take it.
- Iroh: Okay, then... we have no idea where he is.
- Zuko: (enraged) WHAT?!
The four candles flare to the ceiling with Zuko's wrath. He stands quickly and turns around to face his uncle, his anger evident on his face. Iroh turns away from the flames and raises his right arm to protect his face. As the flames subside, he pulls a fan out of his robes.
- Iroh: (fanning himself) You really should open a window in here.
- Zuko: (snatching the map from Iroh's hand) Give me the map!
Zuko opens the rolled scroll and begins to study it. Iroh continues to fan himself.
- Iroh: There have been multiple sightings of the Avatar, but he is impossible to track down.
- Zuko: (hopelessly) How am I gonna find him, Uncle?
He looks down at the map marked with circled Xs and dotted lines connecting the reported Avatar sightings. The lines zigzag all over the landmass drawings.
- Zuko: He is clearly a master of evasive maneuvering.
Scene ends with a fade from the map in Zuko's hands to the map in Sokka's hands. Scene cuts to a close up of Sokka reading the map.
- Sokka: You have no idea where you're going, do you?
The camera pans down to reveal Aang and Katara sitting on a natural stone patio. A noisy little stream exits the ground from underneath the stone ledge. Katara is folding her sleeping bag while Aang lies back in the exposed roots of an overturned tree.
- Aang: Well, Appa landed on this island, and we just gotta go with his animal instinct. Right, buddy?
- Sokka: Well, let's not waste time then. What do we need? Food. We've got a few options. First, round nuts and some kind of oval shaped nuts, and some rock shaped nuts that...might just be rocks. Dig in!
Sokka throws one of the nuts that might be a rock over his shoulder. It lands near Momo. Aang and Katara look at each other then back at Sokka.
- Katara: Seriously, that's it? (sighs) I wish that we are near a village or something.
Sokka peers with one eye into the bag, hoping to find something else. Cut to Momo, eyeing the nut like object with suspicion. He chitters and picks it up. He taps it on a nearby stone to no effect. The he cocks back and raps it hard on the stone. At that moment, a huge, startling noise disrupts the forest's calm. Cut to a wide shot of the ledge and a clearing to the right where Appa was resting. The group and Appa look up at the noise.
- Sokka: What was that?!
Cut to Momo looking befuddled over at Sokka. He turns to look back at the nut like object in his hand. He blinks twice to a cute effect. He drops the nut onto the stone and another huge sound echoes through the forest, startling Momo again. He jumps out of the frame. Cut to another wide shot. The three are looking left to where Aang points.
- Aang: It's coming from over there!
Aang and Katara rush off in the direction of the noise, leaving Sokka waving his arms at them.
- Sokka: Shouldn't we run away from huge booms, not towards them?
Cut to a view of a fallen tree, behind which Aang and Katara appear, followed closely by Sokka. The p.o.v then switches to behind them, where we can see that they are looking down a river bed. The river has been reduced to a small stream. A young earthbender is practicing his art in the river bed, and the three watch him move around a huge boulder. Cut back to a close up of the three.
- Katara: An earthbender!
- Aang: Let's go meet him!
- Sokka: He looks dangerous, so we better approach cautiously.
Cut instantly to Katara who has clearly ignored her brother's warning by running way out into the river bed to address the young earthbender.
- Katara: Hello there, I'm Katara! What's your name?
The young earthbender looks over at Katara in surprise, drops his rock and runs back down the river bed. As he runs, he earthbends a load of rock into the riverbed, blocking pursuit.
- Aang: Nice to meet you!
- Katara: We just wanted to say "hi".
- Aang: Hey, that guy's gotta be running somewhere! Maybe we're near a village, and I bet that village has a market!
Scene cuts to an aerial view. Four green clad warriors fall on Aang, Sokka, Katara, and Momo from the trees. The first warrior grabs Sokka under his arms from behind. The second warrior pulls Katara's hood over her head. The third warrior grabs Aang by his shirt. The fourth warrior traps Momo in a small sack. Cut to Momo, Aang, Katara, and Sokka, all bound and blindfolded being thrown to the ground at the feet of their captors. Four sets of green-robed legs are visible in a circle around them. All four are thrown to the ground. Scene cuts to a snow covered mountain path, lined on both sides by the wintry forest. The camera pans up towards the mountain peak. Scene cuts to the back of the village leader, Oyagi. He has long gray hair, with a high poofy ponytail on top of his head. The camera pans to the left to show Aang, Sokka, and Katara, still blindfolded, bound to a large pole in a fenced clearing. Momo, still in a sack, is at Aang's feet.
- Oyagi: You three have some explaining to do.
- Suki: And if you don't answer all our questions, we're throwing you in the water with the unagi.
- Sokka: (close-up of his angry face) Show yourselves, cowards!
Cut to black. Scene changes as Sokka's, Aang's and Katara's blindfolds are removed to reveal five young girls dressed in green. Their faces are painted white with red around their eyes, and they carry fans in their waistbands. Scene cuts to a wide shot of Aang, Sokka, Katara, and Momo tied to the pole on the left of the screen. The green clad girls and Oyagi are on the right.
- Sokka: (straining at his bonds) Who are you? Where are the men who ambushed us?
- Suki: (stepping toward Sokka and shaking her fist at him) There were no men. We ambushed you. Now tell us, who are you and what are you doing here?
- Sokka: (in laughing disbelief) Wait a second, there's no way that a bunch of girls took us down.
Scene cuts to a close up of Sokka and Suki. She grabs him by the collar and shakes him.
- Suki: (threateningly) A bunch of girls, huh? The unagi's gonna eat well tonight.
- Katara: (quickly) No, don't hurt him! He didn't mean it. My brother is just an idiot sometimes.
- Aang: (apologetically) It's my fault. I'm sorry we came here. We found your village by accident.
- Katara: We're just looking for a village, so we can have some food and perhaps a place to stay.
Scene cuts to a wide shot of Oyagi flanked by four of the female warriors. The houses of the village can be seen in the background.
- Oyagi: (pointing at Aang accusingly) How do we know you're not Fire Nation spies? Kyoshi stayed out of the war so far. And we intend to keep it that way!
Scene cuts to a close up of Aang. His face is a mixture of surprise and interest.
- Aang: This island is named for Kyoshi? I know Kyoshi!
- Oyagi: Ha! How could you possibly know her? Avatar Kyoshi was born here four hundred years ago. She's been dead for centuries.
The camera pans up the pole Aang, Sokka, and Katara are tied to as he speaks, which turns out to be the base Avatar Kyoshi's statue. She is dressed in the same green garments as the female warriors who captured Aang, Sokka, and Katara. Her face is painted white and there are two open fans in her hands. Scene cuts back to a close up of Aang. He looks down toward the ground and then back at Oyagi.
- Aang: I know her because I'm the Avatar.
Scene cuts to Suki, the warriors, and Oyagi. His face shows shock and disbelief.
- Suki: (shaking her fist at Aang) That's impossible! The last Avatar was an airbender who disappeared a hundred years ago.
Scene cuts back to the trio tied to the base of the statue. Aang grins widely.
- Aang: That's me!
Scene cuts back Oyagi and Suki.
- Oyagi: Throw the imposter to the unagi!
Oyagi walks off screen. The female warriors assume a fighting stance. Each warrior has two open fans in her hands. The four warriors move menacingly toward the helpless trio. Scene cuts to a close up of Katara's face.
- Katara: (tersely) Aang... do some airbending...
- Aang: Oh yeah!
Scene cuts to a wide shot of the pole and approaching warriors. Aang breaks his bonds and shoots himself into the air. He backflips over the top of Kyoshi's statue. The camera follows him as he floats gracefully to the ground amidst the 'oohs' and 'aahs' of the gathered crowd, which now includes other members of the village. POV is from behind Aang. Suki and her warriors gaze in shock and amazement at Aang.
- Oyagi: It's true... you are the Avatar!
Scene cuts to Aang with a serious look on his face. In the background to his left Sokka and Katara are still tied to the statue base. Scene cuts to the villagers cheering and jumping for joy. Here the information grapevine montage begins. Scene cuts to a small street in the village. A fisherman hands his basket of fish to a merchant. You see his lips move as he reports the news that the Avatar is on Kyoshi. The scene cuts to the merchant in front of his shop. The shop is along the water. The merchant is selling a fish to a man. You can see his lips moving as he reports the news that the Avatar is on Kyoshi to his customer, who from his clothes appears to be Fire Nation. The scene fades to the interior of Zuko's quarters. The customer who purchased the fish from the merchant turns out to be Zuko's cook. He is serving the cooked fish to Zuko and Iroh. He kneels down to place the dish on the table. Scene switches to a close up of Zuko's face.'
- Zuko: (standing up and speaking angrily) The Avatar's on Kyoshi Island? (Zuko walks out of the room while speaking to Iroh.) Uncle, he's not getting away from me this time.
Switch to a wide view of Iroh sitting at the dinner table with the steaming hot plate of fish in front of him. Zuko walks off screen. Iroh turns towards him and, pointing at the fish, begins to speak.'
- Iroh: Are you going to finish that?
Zuko walks angrily back on camera to the dinner table and grabs the fish off of the table.
- Zuko: I was going to save it for later! (He storms off screen with his meal.)
Iroh crosses his arms in annoyance and pouts at not getting to eat the fish.'The next scene opens with a close up of the face of Avatar Kyoshi's statue. The camera pans out to show two villagers attending to the statue. One is painting a fresh coat of color on her face and the other is scrubbing the dirt from the back. The camera pans down the statue and to the village. It is morning and there are only a few villagers on the main street. Everything is peaceful and quiet in the sunlight. Scene cuts to Appa. He is lying on his side munching on fresh hay. Two villagers are caring for him. One villager scrubs his fur and another is buffing Appa's horns. Appa grunts happily and is clearly enjoying all the attention. The camera pans up to the windows of the house behind Appa. Scene cuts to Momo, Aang, and Katara seated in front of a long wooden table. The table is covered with eighteen different plates of food. An elderly female villager enters and places another plate on the table and exits. Aang throws his arms up in the air happily.
- Mother: Please, make yourself at home.
- Aang: All right! Dessert for breakfast! (takes a bite on a sweet) These people sure know how to treat an Avatar!
Camera view switches to a frontal shot of Aang and Katara eating breakfast. They are seated in front of a large window, which is propped open to show the mountain in the background. Also in view are the two villagers actively refurbishing the statue of Avatar Kyoshi.
- Aang: Mmm... Katara you've got to try these! (Aang offers Katara a sweet)
- Katara: Well, maybe just a bite... (She takes the candy from Aang as Momo seizes the opportunity and snatches another from his other hand.)
- Aang: (looking off screen) Sokka, what's your problem? EAT!
Scene cuts to a very disgruntled Sokka sitting hunched and glowering in the corner of the room.
- Sokka: I'm not hungry.
Camera view switches to a close up of Aang's face as he peers around Katara's head. He is shocked.
- Aang: But you're always hungry!
Cut to a long shot of the room. Aang and Katara at the breakfast table are in the forefront. Sokka is in the back of the shot.
- Katara: He's just upset because a bunch of girls kicked his butt yesterday.
- Sokka: They snuck up on me!
- Katara: (smugly) Right. And then they kicked your butt.
- Sokka: (getting up angrily) Sneak attacks don't count! (pacing around the room, gesticulating wildly to the air) Tie me up with ropes! I'll show them a thing or two. I'm not scared of any girls. (He has paced around to the breakfast table and is ferociously grabbing sweets off it. He begins to lower his voice and talk to himself.) Who do they think they are anyway? (Sokka grunts and shoves a sweet into his mouth. He walks off camera and out of the room.) Mmm... this is tasty.
Camera switches back to the same frontal shot of Aang and Katara at the table.
- Aang: What's he so angry about? It's great here. They're giving us the royal treatment.
- Katara: Hey, don't get too comfortable. It's risky for us to stay in one place for very long.
- Aang: I'm sure we'll be fine. Besides, did you see how happy I'm making this town? (Aang turns around to look out the window at the two villagers working on Avatar Kyoshi's statue.) They're even cleaning up that statue in my honor!
As Sokka walks out the door, the young earthbender comes in.
- Haru: Hi, mom.
- Mother: Where have you been, Haru? You're late! Get started on your chores.
- Katara: Hey, you're that kid! Why did you run away before?
- Haru: Uh, you must have me confused with some other kid.
- Aang: No she doesn't. We saw you earthbending.
Cut to an exterior shot of the building where the door closes and the windows get shut.
- Mother (hands still on the window she just closed): They saw you doing what? You know how dangerous that is! You know what would happen if they caught you earthbending!
From outside a heavy knock on the door is heard and the mother quickly parts the window blinds to identify the intruders.
- Soldier (from outside): Open up!
- Mother: Fire Nation! (to Aang and Katara) Quick, hide! Both of you!
Haru's mother opens the door and a Fire Nation soldier enters. Cut to a view of Aang and Katara hiding under the table. Cut back to the soldier and Haru's mother.
- Mother: What do you want? I've already paid you this week.
- Soldier: The tax just doubled. Wouldn't want an accident, would we?
The soldier produces a fireball in his hands and smiles. Cut to a wider shot, where Haru and his mother takes a step back from the soldier.
- Soldier: Fire is sometimes so hard to control.
Haru's mother's expression melts from defiance to fear and resignation. Cut to a view of her hands placing a small chest on a table. She opens it to reveal a few miserable coins. She takes most of them out and gives them to the soldier. He dumps the small ones on the ground.
- Soldier: You can keep the copper ones.
Cut to a long shot of the room, with the soldier exiting in the foreground, Haru and his mother clearly visible behind him. They are both unhappy. Haru's mother picks up the copper coins. Aang and Katara comes out of the table.
- Katara: How long has the Fire Nation been here?
- Mother: Five years. Fire Lord Ozai uses our town's coal mines to fuel his ships.
- Haru: They're thugs; they steal from us, and everyone here is too much of a coward to do anything about it.
- Mother: Quiet, Haru. Don't talk like that.
- Katara: But, Haru's an earthbender! He can help.
- Mother: Earthbending is forbidden. It's caused nothing but misery for this village. He must never use his abilities.
- Katara: How can you say that? Haru has a gift. Asking him not to earthbend is like asking me not to waterbend. It's a part of who we are - a part no one can ever take away from you.
- Mother: You don't understand.
- Katara: I understand that Haru can help you fight back. What can the Fire Nation do to you that they haven't done already?
- Mother: They could take Haru away, just like they took his father.
Cut to side view of Haru's face, with a wide-eyed Katara visible in the background. Both look pained. Fade to an small house nestled in evergreen trees. Sokka approaches the house muttering to himself about "girls." He walks up to the door and looks inside. The fan warriors are drilling. Camera switches to a close up of Sokka's face from around the doorway. He grins, puts up his hands, and enters the dojo.
- Sokka: (in a bit of an arrogant manner) Sorry ladies! Didn't mean to interrupt your dance lesson. (He stretches his arms and waist.) I was just looking for somewhere to get a little workout? (He bends over and grabs his knees with his hands.)
- Suki: Well, you're in the right place.
There's a long shot of the dojo to show the entire area and all the people inside it. Sokka continues to stretch in front of the female warriors.
- Suki: (sincerely) Sorry about yesterday. I didn't know that you were friends with the Avatar.
- Sokka: (flippantly) It's all right. I mean, normally I'd hold a grudge, but seeing as you guys are a bunch of girls, I'll make an exception. (He rotates his shoulders.)
- Suki: (with sarcasm) I should hope so. A big strong man like you? We wouldn't stand a chance.
- Sokka: True. But don't feel bad. After all, I'm the best warrior in my village.
- Suki: (leaning towards Sokka and smiling) Wow! Best warrior, huh? In your whole village? Maybe you'd be kind enough to give us a little demonstration.
- Sokka: Oh... well... I mean... I...
- Suki: (turning to her warriors) Come on, girls! Wouldn't you like him to show us some moves?
The camera show the group of warriors, giggling and nodding affirmatively at Suki's suggestion. The scene switches back to Sokka and Suki. Sokka turns and walks towards her.
- Sokka: Well, if that's what you want, I'd be happy to. All right, you stand over there. (He grasps her shoulders and pushes her back a little, but Suki doesn't move. He doesn't seem to notice or care.) This may be a little tough, but try to block me.
Sokka throws a punch. Suki blocks it with a deft thrust of her fan to his shoulder. Her stance is disinterested and confident against Sokka's arrogance.
- Sokka: (rubbing his shoulder) Heh heh... good. Of course, I was going easy on you.
- Suki: Of course.
- Sokka: Let's see if you can handle this!
Sokka lunges at Suki. She catches him under his leg and tosses backward toward the door. He lands on his butt.
- Sokka: (angrily) That does it!
Sokka gets up and lunges again at Suki. She grabs him by the arm, spins him around in circles, ties his arm to his foot with his own belt, and throws him to the floor.
- Suki: (standing over Sokka laughing) Anything else you want to teach us?
Sokka's face flushes in humiliation as all the warriors laugh at him. Cut to a view of the surrounding hillsides. It is late afternoon. The view pans right to reveal the outbuildings of a farm. Cut to a view from inside one of these barn like structures. Haru, Aang and Sokka have entered, the open double door visible behind them. The late say sun pours in.
- Haru: My mom said you can sleep here tonight, but you should leave in the morning.
- Aang: Thanks. I'll make sure Appa doesn't eat all your hay.
Quick pan right to reveal Appa with his mouth stuffed with hay. He looks over at Aang, who is o.c., stops chewing for a few seconds. Then begins chewing again. Cut to Haru and Katara leaving the group of buildings, apparently going for a walk.
- Katara: I'm sorry about what I said earlier. I didn't know about your father.
- Haru: That's okay. It's funny, the way you were talking back in the store, it reminded me of him.
- Katara: Thanks.
- Haru: My father was very courageous. When the Fire Nation invaded, he and the other earthbenders were outnumbered ten to one, but they fought back anyway.
- Katara: He sounds like a great man.
- Haru: After the attack, they rounded up my father and every other earthbender and took them away. We haven't seen them since.
- Katara: So, that's why you hide your earthbending?
- Haru: Yeh. The problem is that the only way I can feel close to my father now is when I practice my bending. He taught me everything I know.
Katara and Haru have now walked up onto the crest of a small hill that overlooks the surrounding countryside. Haru has knelt down and begun twirling some small stones while he speaking about his father. When he is done, he turns the stones to sand, which falls through his fingers. Katara comes up and sits next to him. She points to her necklace and begins to speak.
- Katara: See this necklace? My mother gave it to me.
- Haru: It's beautiful.
- Katara: I lost my mother in a Fire Nation raid. This necklace is all I have left of her.
- Haru: It's not enough, is it?
- Katara: No.
Katara and Haru sit on the hill, the fading glory of the setting sun visible in the space between them. Fade to Sokka kicking a stone outside of the fan warrior's dojo. He walks cautiously to the door. Suki and her warriors are training again, but stop when they see Sokka walk in.
- Sokka: (hesitantly) Uh... hey, Suki.
- Suki: (mockingly) Hoping for another dance lesson?
- Sokka: No... I... well, let me explain.
- Suki: Spit it out! What do you want?
- Sokka: (kneeling in humility) I would be honored if you would teach me.
- Suki: Even if I'm a girl?
- Sokka: (quietly) I'm sorry if I insulted you earlier. I was wrong.
- Suki: We normally don't teach outsiders, let alone boys.
- Sokka: Please make an exception. I won't let you down.
- Suki: All right. But you have to follow all of our traditions.
- Sokka: (quickly) Of course!
- Suki: And I mean ALL of them.
Scene cuts to Sokka in the full green dress and white face paint of the fan warriors.
- Sokka: Do I really have to wear this? It feels a little... girly.
- Suki: It's a warrior's uniform. You should be proud. (Camera pans down Sokka's body) The silk threads symbolizes the brave blood that flows through our veins. The gold insignia represents the honor of the warrior's heart.
- Sokka: (standing proudly) Bravery and honor.
Aang walks by the door to the dojo. He turns and ducks his head in smiling mischievously.
- Aang: (giggling and racing off) Hey Sokka! Nice dress!
Scene ends with Sokka and Suki standing in front of the doorway. Sokka's momentary pride is visibly crushed by Aang's barb. Suki is smiling at him and enjoying his discomfort. Fade to Katara and Haru walking down a path towards an open mine entrance some way ahead. A boom is heard and rocks and dust come out of the mine entrance. The sound of an old man, probably hurt, can be heard.
- Old Man: Help!
- Haru: The mine!
They both rush to the mine. Cut to the blocked up mine entrance, the old man has almost been buried by the cave in.
- Old Man: Help me!
The ground still shakes a bit, and more earth threatens to fall on and crush the old man. Katara and Haru enter the view. Haru tries to prevent any more earth falling on the old man by bracing the collapsed mine entrance frame, while Katara tries to get the old man free.
- Katara: (struggling): It's not working, we have to get help.
- Haru: There's no time! Pull harder.
- Katara: Haru, there's a way you can help him.
- Haru: I can't.
- Katara: Please, there's no one around to see you! It's the only way.
Indecision dominates Haru's face for a few moments, but then he moves in front of the old man and turns to look back into the min entrance. He concentrates and with a quick move of his hands and feet he pushes the obstruction of earth and stone back deep into the mine, freeing the old man, whom they help get up.
- Katara: Haru, you did it!
Scene cuts back to the dojo. Suki and Sokka are circling each other with fans unfurled.
- Suki: You're not going to master it in one day. Even I'm not that good.
- Sokka: (slightly losing his balance) I think I'm starting to get it.
Sokka continues to practice the moves, and at the end of the set he accidentally throws his fan out the door and into a tree. Suki looks out the door at the lost fan as snow falls from the branches above to bury it.
- Suki: (turning and walking towards Sokka) It's not about strength. Our technique is about using your opponents' force against them. Loosen up. Think of the fan as an extension of your arm. (Suki assumes the battle stance. The camera changes to an intense close up of Sokka's determined face.) Wait for an opening and then...
Suki lunges at Sokka and he parries the thrust, knocking her off her feet. She shows her surprise and embarrassment as she looks up from her spot on the floor.
- Sokka: (crossing his arms in a "so there" manner) Hmm...
- Suki: (getting to her feet, flustered) I fell on purpose to make you feel better!
- Sokka: (laughing and pointing his finger at her) I got you! Admit I got you!
- Suki: (laughing as she grabs Sokka's outstretched hand and bends it back painfully) Okay, it was a lucky shot. Let's see if you can do it again.
Suki lets Sokka's hand go and they assume battle positions. They begin to circle each other. Cut to a night scene. Momo is sitting in the window of the outbuilding on Haru's farm that the group is sleeping in. Cut to a wider shot that shows the group ready for bed and in their sleeping bags. Aang lies over the top of Appa, looking at Katara.
- Katara: It was so brave of Haru to use his earthbending to help that old man.
- Aang: You must have really inspired him.
- Katara: I guess so. So Sokka, we were you the whole day?
- Sokka: Around.
- Aang: (mischievously) He was with that Kyoshi Warrior!
- Sokka: Suki?! No way! (Katara grins at Sokka) Oh, come on! It's just a sparring lesson. We're friends.
- Aang: Maybe Haru could teach me Earthbending . . .
- Katara: Aang, his village is crawling with Fire Nation troops. If they discover you're here, you might be captured, just like Haru's dad.
- Aang: Unless the Kyoshi Warriors are around.
- Sokka: Actually, they're not around when the soldiers are here. They don't want to be detected; they're like a secret society, protecting the village. By the time the soldiers hunt them, they'll be gone. (gazes off dreamily) You know . . . Suki is kind of cute . . .
Both Aang and Katara stared at Sokka.
- Sokka: (snaps out of it) Huh, what? Oh, um . . . (yawns, talking quickly) Time to sleep. Good night!
Aang and Katara laugh, then Katara blows out their lamp. Cut to an exterior view of their outbuilding which zooms outward, showing the full moon. Clearly some time passes before the next scene, but it is still night. Fire Nation troops walk along a path leading to Haru's farm. Lamps on polls swing back and forth as they march. The soldier who extorted the money from the previous day leads the column. He wears a helmet with horns on either side of his head. He knocks on Haru's house's door three times. The door opens to reveal Haru. He draws an intake of breath in surprise. Cut to a side view of the house, where see Haru on the right, the Fire soldiers on the left, and in between, pointing an accusatory finger at Haru, is the old man saved by Katara and Haru.
- Old Man: That's him! That's the earthbender!
The solder pushes the old man out of the way and approached Haru. Cut to a frontal shot of Haru with the soldier's hands entering from the side of the frame. He is grabbed and pulled towards the camera, which has the effect of going straight into Haru's pupil. Cut to an overhead shot of Katara exiting the outbuilding. It is dawn. Cut to a closer shot of Katara walking up to a water pump to get some water. She carries a pot which she places under the spout. Rather than wok the pump, however, she gracefully waterbends some water out of the pump and into the jar. She picks up the pot and, as she turns to go back to her friends, she notices Haru's mother looking out over the farm. She turns and it is clear she is crying. Katara drops her water pot and it breaks. Katara's eye betray her realization that Haru has been captured. Cut to an interior shot of the outbuilding where the others are packing their gear. The door opens and Katara steps in, tearing at her hair in anguish.
- Katara: They took him! They took Haru away!
- Aang: What?
- Katara: The old man turned him in to the Fire Nation. It's all my fault, I forced him into earthbending.
- Sokka: Slow down, Katara, when did this happen?
Sokka puts his arm around her shoulder and holds her hand in genuine concern.
- Katara: Haru's mother said they came for him at midnight.
- Sokka (dropping her hand): Then it's too late to track him, he's long gone.
- Katara: We don't need to track him. The Fire Nation is going to take me right to Haru.
- Aang: And why would they do that?
- Katara (determined): because they're going to arrest me for earthbending.
Sokka and Aang both looked concerned before cutting to a scene with Katara and Sokka rolling a boulder on top of air grate.
- Sokka: I thought you were crazy at first, Katara, but this might work. There are ventilation shafts throughout these mines, all Aang has to do is send an air current from that vent to this one right here. The boulder levitates and tada! Fake earthbending.
When Katara and Sokka and finish rolling the boulder on top of the vent, cut to a wider shot showing the nearby vent that Aang will airbend into. It is partially obscured from the path they are on by a large boulder. Cut to Sokka leaning on the rock they have just moved with a self-satisfied grin on his face. When he is done, the screen widens to show a none-too pleased Katara, hands on her hips, looking over at Aang who is outside.
- Katara: Aang. Did you get all that?
The screen pans rapidly over to Aang, who is paying no attention at all. He sits cross-legged in front of the vent, blowing air and a little butterfly in front of him while Momo watches.
- Aang: Sure, I got it.
- Sokka: Do you remember your cue?
- Aang: Yeah, yeah, just relax. You're taking all the fun out of this.
- Sokka: By "this" do you mean intentionally getting captured by an army of ruthless firebenders?
- Aang: Exactly! That's fun stuff.
Cut to wide shot that shows Katara and Sokka on the left, Aang in the middle behind his rock, and a band of Fire Nation soldiers coming down to the path towards them on the right.
- Sokka: Here they come! Get in your places!
Cut to a close up of the three soldiers marching down the path. Cut to view from behind the soldiers. Sokka runs in from the left, Katara from the right, meeting right in front of the soldiers.
- Sokka (in a slightly exaggerated voice): Get out of my way, pipsqueak!
- Katara (also in a slightly exaggerated voice): How dare you call me "pipsqueak", you giant-eared cretin!
- Sokka: What did you call me?
- Katara: A giant-eared cretin! Look at those things. (She puts her hands up to her ears and fans out her fingers in imitation of huge ears) Do herds of animals use them for shade?
- Sokka: You better back off! (Placing his hand to partially block his mouth from the soldier's view) Seriously back off.
- Katara: I will not back off! I bet elephants get together and make fun of how large your ears are!
- Sokka: That's it, you're going down!
- Katara: I'll show you who's boss! Earthbending style!
Katara assumes a mock earthbending stance as she shouts her challenge. Cut to the other side of the rock where Aang finally reacts, jumping up into the air and coming down onto the grate. He airbends into the grate. Cut to a view of the rock on top of the other grate. The air rushing up raises the rock to reveal Momo behind it.
- Soldier (pointing at Momo): That lemur! It's earthbending!
- Sokka: No, you idiot! It's the girl!
- Soldier (embarrassed): Oh, of course.
Cut back to Sokka and Katara as the rocks falls back onto the grate.
- Sokka (in an exaggerated voice, his hands on Katara's shoulders): I'll hold her! (Then sotto voce) You've got 12 hours to find Haru, and then we'll come get you.
Cut to Katara being led off by the soldiers. She looks back to see Sokka and Aang.
- Sokka: (to Aang) You stay hidden and wait for the signal. I'm gonna meet Suki. Maybe she'll help us.
- Aang: You think Katara will be okay?
- Sokka: She'll be fine, Aang, Katara knows what she's doing.
Cut to a long shot of the village's port where a Fire Navy ship is docked, then cut to a downcast Katara wearing a brown sackcloth over her blue robe. She is in a wheeled transport with other prisoners being taken to the prison ship. Aang and Sokka are in the crowd watching her being taken aboard. Cut to a sky shot of Appa following the Fire Navy ship from afar. In the distance, a rig or offshore platform is seen. This is the Fire Navy ship's destination. Cut to a close of the rig. It is huge, dark, industrial and foreboding. In the background a bloody sunset casts its last rays of light over the complex. Cut back to a long shot of the prison rig where the sun has now set. The camera finally reveals an open area on the rig where hopeless and forlorn looking prisoners roam around. Cut to a view of Katara being thrust through a narrow door and out into the open area. A double gate drops behind her, then cut to Katara's p.o.v. as she surveys the prisoners on the deck. Cut to a side view of the deck. Katara enters from the left. As she passes a prisoner sitting on the deck, he turns and it is Haru.
- Haru (standing up): Katara?
- Katara (running and hugging him): Haru!
- Haru: What are you doing here?
- Katara: It's my fault you were captured. I came to rescue you.
- Haru: So, you got yourself arrested?
- Katara: It was the only way to find you.
- Haru (folding his arms across his chest and smiling): You got guts, Katara, I'll give you that. (Taking her shoulder) Come one, there's someone I want you to meet.
Cut to overhead shot that pans right over several groups of prisoners. Haru and Katara have approached the last one.
- Haru: Katara, this is my father, Tyro. Dad, this is Katara.
Cut to a view of older man's face who is sitting on the ground in one of the groups of prisoners. He is eating, but he turns to his son's voice and sees Katara.
- Katara (bowing): It's an honor to meet you.
- Tyro (handing Katara a bowl): Have some dinner, Katara.
- Katara (taking the bowl her hungry expression turns to disgust): Urgh!
- Tyro: It's not as bad as it looks.
- Katara: (sitting down and eating a spoonful, coughs after that)
- Tyro (smiling apologetically): It's still pretty bad though.
A hand appears on Tyro's shoulder, another prisoner trying to get Tyro's attention.
- Prisoner: Tyro, the prisoners are complaining there aren't enough blankets to go around.
- Tyro: I'll talk to the guards. In the meantime, make sure the elderly are taken care of. The rest of us will simply have to hope for warmer weather.
- Katara: If you don't mind me asking, what's your escape plan?
- Tyro (suspiciously): Excuse me?
- Katara: You know, the plan to get everyone off the rig? What is it? Mutiny? Sabotage?
- Tyro: The plan? The plan is to survive - wait out this war. Hope that one day some of us can get back home and forget this ever happened.
- Katara: How can you say that? You sound like you've already given up.
- Tyro: Katara, I admire your courage and I envy your youth, but people's lives are at stake here. The prison guards here are ruthless, and they won't stand for any rebellion. I'm sorry, but we're powerless.
- Katara (standing up, grim determination on her face): We'll see about that.
Cut to Katara standing up on a small raised platform in the open area. She bangs the lid of a pot with her spoon several times to get everyone's attention.
- Katara: Earthbenders! You don't know me, but I know of you. Every child of my Water Tribe village was rocked to sleep with stories of the brave Earth Kingdom and the courageous earthbenders who guard its borders. (Cut to a view of the Warden watching from one of the catwalks above, Katara continues from o.c.) Some of you may think that the Fire Nation has made you powerless. Yes, they have taken away your ability to bend, but they can't take away your courage, and it is your courage they should truly fear! Because it runs deeper than any mine you've been forced to dig, any ocean that keeps you far from home. It is the strength of your hearts that make you who you are, hearts that will remain unbroken when all rock and stone has eroded away. The time to fight back is now! I can tell you the Avatar has returned! So remember your courage, earthbenders, let us fight for our freedom!
Cut to a close up of the grate, where air begins to rush out, followed by dust and pebbles. Then a living river of coal erupts from the grate, eventually tearing it away. Cut to a very wide shot showing the eruption of coal as it shoots high into the air over the deck, blasting the grate away. The coal lands in a massive pile between the earthbenders and the firebenders, followed by a shot of Haru. The shot then widens to show the prisoners looking at the pile of earth that has just appeared. Cut to a view of the top of the coal pile. Aang drops from the top of the screen and lands on it, covered in coal dust. He coughs it off as the Kyoshi Warriors pop out of the grate. Sokka had to climb up to get out. Katara runs up to the top of the coal.
- Katara: Here's your chance, earthbenders! (She grabs a lump of coal and raises it high.) Take it! Your fate is in your own hands!
Haru begins to move forward, but Tyro stops him. Switch to a view from within the crowd. Various prisoners begin to shrink backward, eschewing open conflict. Cut to a view of Katara, still holding up the lump of coal, with the Warden and his men visible over her shoulder.
- Head Prison Guard: Hahaha! Foolish girl! You thought a few inspirational words and some coal would change these people? Look at these blank, hopeless faces. (Cut to a panning shot of the prisoners, who do look sad.) There spirits were broken a long time ago. Oh? But you still believe in them? (Katara lowers the coal, shock on her face.) How sweet. They're a waste of your energy, little girl. You've failed.
Cut to a wider shot of Katara standing on the coal, her shoulders slumped, looking defeated and lonely. The Head Prison Guard turns to walk back into the rig. As he does, a lump of coal flies on screen and hits him in the back of the head. He turns in anger. Cut to Haru, prisoners standing behind him, twirling some lumps of coal above his raised left hand. His expression is severe. Cut back to the Warden, who launches a blast of fire at the boy. The gout of flame is about to engulf Haru, who braces for death, when it is blocked by a wall of coal. Cut to a shot of Tyro, in an earthbending stance, who has clearly stepped forward to protect his son. Cut to a wider of what is about to become the battlefield, before shifting the Warden and his men, now in a firing line.
- Head Prison Guard: Show no mercy!
The Fire Nation line charges forward, unleashing a wall of flame. Tyro and the three nearest earthbenders, including Haru block it with a huge wall of coal. The coal absorbs the flames.
- Tyro: For the Earth Kingdom, attack!
Tyro slams the palms of his fists on the deck of the rig, throwing the wall of coal forward towards the Fire Nation line. The Fire Soldiers deflect some of the rocks with flame. Cut to an overhead shot of the prisoners, all of whom have joined the rebellion and have assumed earthbending stances. The camera pans south to show the firebenders in a similar pose. General melee ensues. One on one the earthbenders block fire attacks with coal shields and knock out firebender by striking htem huge lumps of coal thrown at high speed. Cut to a view of the carnage below from one of the catwalks. Heaps of burning coal now litter the deck. Switch back to the middle of the deck where Katara, Sokka and Aang are rushing forward. A Fire Nation soldier enters the screen, but Sokka cuts off the head of his spear with his boomerang and throws the spearhead with a small shaft still attached to it to Momo who is flying close overhead. Momo then collects spears as they are thrown by Fire Nation soldiers, rendering them harmless. Much to their surprise, Zuko was also in the ship. Suki heads directly for Zuko. As she is about to land on him, Zuko aims a fire blast at her. Sokka steps in between Suki and the fire ball, deflecting it. Zuko, taken by surprise, makes a firebending pose. 'Suki, Sokka, and another warrior cautiously approach the prone Zuko. Zuko spins around on his hands shooting fire bolts out of his feet at the approaching warriors. He knocks them all to the ground and pulls himself to his feet. Zuko leaps to the middle of the ship.
- Zuko: Nice try, Avatar! But these little girls can't save you.
- Aang: Hey! Over here!
- Zuko: Finally!
Zuko and Aang face each other, "High Noon" style. Zuko lets loose three consecutive fire balls from his hands. Aang dodges them and, using his staff as a helicopter, flies toward Zuko. Zuko shoots another blast of fire, which knocks Aang's staff out of his hands. Aang leaps away and picks up two discarded fans. Zuko runs full force at Aang. Aang uses the fans to throw an enormous gust of air at Zuko. The air knocks Zuko through the grate. Aang drops the fans and picks up his staff. 'Cut to Tyro and Haru in front of the coal dump. They raise a huge amount of coal, and then mash it between them to create a boulder. Cut to a quick view of the Warden rapidly shooting fireballs at targets, before switching back to Haru and Tyro throwing the boulder at the door into the rig. It blasts a boulder shaped hole in the door.
- Tyro: Get to the ship! We'll hold them off!
- Head Prison Guard: Do not let them escape!
The Head Prison Guard rallies a few of his troops and they begin to barrage the exit with flame. Cut to Aang, Katara and Sokka trying to exit. When they see the flames hit the wall in front of them, they turn to see a green form, who rushes silently past the camera. The fan warriors attack the troops. Suki heads directly for the Head Prison Guard. The Head Prison Guard aims a fire blast at her. Sokka steps in between Suki and the fire ball, deflecting it. Scene cuts to a fan warrior battling a firebender. She throws her fan directly at his face mask and knocks him unconscious. As more soldiers surround our heroes, Aang airbends a small tornado into existence, the end of which is aimed at the firebenders.
- Aang: Guys, throw me some coal!
Sokka and Katara start dropping chunks of coal into the top of the little whirlwind, which accelerate down the wind tube and exit at high speed towards the Head Prison Guard's men. They all get knocked down. Cut to Tyro and two other earthbenders who earthbend the entire coal dump, with the Warden and all his men on it, out of over the open water.
- Head Prison Guard: No, please! I can't swim!
- Tyro: Don't worry, I hear cowards float.
Tyro drops them all into the ocean below. Fade to a scene of several Fire Nation ships, now under the command of the former prisoners, steaming away from the rig. Appa with Aang swim next to the point ship. Cut to Katara, Tyro and Haru on the deck of the point ship. Katara beams, looking back at the prison they leave behind. She is missing her necklace.
- Haru: I want to thank you for saving me. For saving us.
- Katara (embarrassed): All it took was a little coal.
- Haru: It wasn't the coal, Katara, it was you.
- Tyro (putting a hand on her shoulder): Thank you for helping me find my courage, Katara, of the Water Tribe. My family and everyone here owes you much.
- Katara: So, I guess you're going home now?
- Tyro: Yes, to take back my village. (Raising his voice and raising his left hand in a fist, just as Katara had done and looking back over the ship to address the former prisoners) To take back ALL of our villages! The Fire Nation will regret the day they set foot on our land!
Cut to a wide shot of three of the ships, Tyro's ship in the middle and ahead with Appa swimming on the right. The shot pans from left to right, showing cheering earthbenders on the decks of every ship. Cut to Sokka and Suki, who are also in the deck.)
- Sokka: Looks like it's goodbye. And I'm sorry.
- Suki: For what?
- Sokka: I treated you like a girl when I should have treated you like a warrior.
- Suki: (leaning towards Sokka) I am a warrior. (She kisses him on the cheek.) But I'm a girl, too. (Sokka touches his hand to his cheek, his eyes wide with surprise, and blushes.) Now, go. The Avatar needs you. We'll meet again. I know it.
Cut to Katara and Haru.
- Haru: Come with us.
- Katara: I can't. Your mission is to take back your home. Ours is to get Aang to the North Pole.
Cut to a shot of Aang in the foreground sitting on Appa, waving at Katara and Haru, who are visible on the upper deck on the point ship.
- Haru: That's him, isn't it? The Avatar. Katara, thank you for bringing my father back to me. I never thought I'd see him again. I only wish there was some way...
- Katara: I know. (She reaches for her necklace and starts in surprise when it is gone.) My mother's necklace! It's gone!
Cut to a close up shot of the necklace lying on the deck of the rig. An arm in a Fire Nation uniform grabs it. The screen pans up to reveal Zuko, wreathed in the glory of a fiery red sunset holding the necklace. He looks out over the ocean to the setting sun, back to the camera.
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